Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

christmas tree
MERRY CHRISTMAS  and HAPPY NEW YEAR
 
From: Ellie and Family

Ellie tired after begging for Christmas treats
Our family Christmas was great. The gift I received was a new teddy bear. I then gave my family and all of our guests their gift—hugs and kisses. After playing with my new teddy bear and begging for treats from the dinner table, I was exhausted. So I grabbed the bear and we both jumped on the sofa and we took a quick nap. Wishing everyone happy and safe holidays. Hope to see you all at the dog park soon. 

Happy Holidays


Christmas Tree
I hope everyone is having a great time during this Christmas season.  We had a turkey dinner with my cousins and then after dinner we gathered around the Christmas tree.

After spending a short time visiting, we settled down to the important task of opening our gifts.  Much to my delight I received three stuffed animals: a squirrel, a hedgehog, and a raccoon.  As soon as I opened my gift, I choose the hedgehog to become my wrestling partner.  Later I gave the hedgehog a rest and played with the raccoon and squirrel.

Ellie playing with one of her new toys, a hedgehog

Ellie playing with one of her new toys, a hedgehog

My three cousins came to celebrate Christmas with us.  Abby is a seven year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Peanut is a sixteen year old Dachshund, and Harrison is a fifteen year old Bichon Frisé.  I have to be careful playing with my cousins because they are kind of old when it comes to dog years; however, they are still in good health and we had a good time begging for turkey.  That turkey was really good!

Abby:  Since I’m a princess, I must look cute at all times.  Well, at least I try and it helps if you are begging for a taste of that turkey.

Abby: Since I’m a princess, I must look cute at all times. Well, at least I try and it helps if you are begging for a taste of that turkey.

Peanut:  My Mom put this sweater on me and it’s 80 degrees outside.  What was she thinking?  Thank God the air conditioner was on. At least I could lay on this cool tile floor.

Peanut: My Mom put this sweater on me and it’s 80 degrees outside. What was she thinking? Thank God the air conditioner was on. At least I could lay on this cool tile floor.

Harrison:  too much partying for the old guy.  Time for a nap.

Harrison: too much partying for the old guy. Time for a nap.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year.

How was your Christmas? Share your Christmas tales and photos with us.

A Reminder for the Holidays

Ellie wearing a scarf

During the busy holiday season, families will be cooking special goodies for their guests or to carry over to someone’s home for a holiday party.  Dogs love when families cook for these special occasions.  We tend to taste our food by smell and that special dish that you are cooking smells great and you will usually find us at your feet begging for a sample.

However, think twice before you succumb to our hungry puppy faces, the one we put on in order to have you thinking that we are starving, so you will feel guilty for not giving us a taste of your food.  This could be a bad move for both you and me: our stomachs were not made to handle certain foods.

Ellie before her haircut

If we are fed these foods then we will at the least have stomach distress and you will be busy cleaning up the messes that our digestive systems will produce.  The worst case scenario is that it could poison our system and we could end up at the emergency vets.

Keep the holiday season happy for both us and stick to feeding us our regular diet.  Also please remind your guests not to feed us and if they feel they must then only give us our regular dog treats.

Here are a few helpful links to inform you what foods (and some non-food items) are poisonous to dogs:

ASPCA’s List of Poisonous Items: also includes a link to their Poison Control Center.
Toxic Foods and Your Dog: a detailed list from About.com’s Dog section.
Pets WebMD: a slide show of food (and other items) pets should avoid consuming.
Humane Society: Food That’s Safe for You, But Deadly for Your Pets

 

 

Give your dog a microchip for the holidays

Ellie playing at Pawm Springs dog park with her friends

Ellie playing with her friends at Pawm Springs dog park

Hi, everyone.  The weather has been cool which has been great for us dogs to run and play at the Pawm Springs dog park in Sugar Land.  This park is large enough for us play chase, roll around, and wrestle.  The fence around the perimeter keeps us safe from traffic and provides us with an opportunity to really run hard and fast.  Our moms and dads are comfortable with releasing us from our leashes so we are free to be dogs.

I would like to remind everyone this holiday season to get their dog micro-chipped just in case one of us gets separated and lost.  Getting your dog micro-chipped is really easy to do.  Just call your vet’s office and schedule an appointment.  The chip is inserted under the skin behind our necks, but is painless.  Then you go online, type in the url provided by your vet, and register your pet. And if your pet is ever lost or stolen, you can go online and report him or her missing. Animal Control and vet offices have scanners that will read your dog’s microchip. Remember to always update your contact information so someone can contact you if they find your dog.

Back from Thanksgiving

Ellie is back from Thanksgiving

Hi, I’m back from the holidays and I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Since I was born last December, this was my first time to celebrate this fantastic holiday of Thanksgiving.  Being a rescue dog from the shelter, I certainly have reason to be thankful.  First of all for having a nice comfortable home to live in, having a family that really takes good care of me, and for being part of a family that loves to cook.

You know that last one is really important.

Like most dogs, I love good food.  I mean the stuff that is freshly cooked like a freshly baked turkey.  I spent a lot of time in the kitchen this past week begging, putting on my hungry puppy face, and buttering up to any family member that I thought would feed me some of that fresh cooked turkey.  Hey, it worked!  Since then I’ve indulged in a turkey snack for the past three days.  However, I think this is ending for now and I guess I’ll have to settle for my boring dog food.  Don’t get me wrong— I’m still very thankful for dog food.  It still beats being lost and hungry.  Did I just hear them talking about a Christmas dinner?  Wow, I can’t wait!  I’m all ears on this one.

This holiday season don’t forget about my pals at the shelters where there are some great looking dogs and cats waiting to be adopted.  Go visit an animal shelter in your area.  Who knows, maybe you and your family might be celebrating Christmas by sharing your home with a new furry family member.